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500px for Android receives update, features improved performance and fixes bugs

by: AdrianJune 13, 2012

If you’re into photography, be it at an amateur or professional(-ish) level, you are probably already familiar with 500px, an online photography community launched back in 2009 and currently hosting over six million photos.

The community’s special Android app, made available in Google Play less than two months back, has done a very good job in bringing the website closer to mobile users, but good enough doesn’t seem to be enough for 500px.

You can therefore now download a significantly updated 500px Android app with “improved performance” and several bug fixes. The user interface is as friendly, beautiful and minimalistic as before, the features have not been [...]

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Want to experience Ice Cream Sandwich on your Android 2.2+ devices? Try the Holo Launcher

by: Bams SadewoJune 13, 2012

If you’re looking to replicate that Ice Cream Sandwich look and feel on some of the older Android devices, especially for those who have been deprived of the latest Android flavor, you definitely want to check out what one senior member at XDA-developers has developed. The Holo Launcher is a light, fast and highly customizable launcher replacement that won’t burden your device’s battery.

Based on the stock Android 4.0.4 ICS launcher, the Holo Launcher features most things that make ICS great and a lot more, such as:

Full ICS Style ICS Icons, Folders, Outlines, Drawer Tabs, etc. Custom Desktop Pages/Grid Up to 9 desktop pages and 10 x 10 grid. Custom Drawer [...]
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Best music recognition apps for Android

by: Ken EastJune 13, 2012

Do you like tuning in to the radio at night, in your car, or when you are doing your work? If you do, you might have experienced a time when you hear a really nice song but you end up becoming frustrated because you could not get the title or the name of the artist.

What’s even worse is that when you ask friends, their answer might be “I know how to sing the song but I don’t know the title.” These are really frustrating moments when you wish that the radio DJ had mentioned the song title.

You won’t have to worry about it anymore, because there are now Android apps to help you recognize a song through voice recognition. Check out our [...]

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SkyDrive Explorer: Android app for managing your SkyDrive files

by: Carl ParkerJune 13, 2012

It seems that everyone’s doing the cloudy thing. I’m talking about the recent trend in storing data, such as pictures, videos, songs, and what-have-you to cloud services such as Apple’s iCloud and Google’s own Google Drive.

Microsoft, not be left behind, also launched its own cloud service named SkyDrive. This means that people who want to safely stash their files in a place that they can access from any location now has a variety of options to choose from. Cloud users can literally access their files not just from their main computers but also them from their laptops, tablets, and their phones.

If you’ve got a Microsoft SkyDrive [...]

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Samsung TecTiles NFC stickers announced: app shortcuts for Galaxy S3 & other phones

by: Chris SmithJune 13, 2012

The Galaxy S3 is only the latest of a (limited) series of Samsung phones that come with near field communication, or NFC, support. The wireless tech is mostly used these days to enable mobile payments on such Android smartphones, with Google being one of the many promoters of this new payment technology.

But Samsung has other plans in mind for its NFC phones, as the company has created a new disposable accessory for these devices, the Samsung TecTile, which is essentially a NFC-based app shortcut / action trigger.

The TecTiles, which will be available in stores when the Galaxy S3 launches, come in packs of five stickers and are priced [...]

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Best Android apps for strength training and weight lifting

by: Paul NuñalJune 13, 2012

Staying fit and healthy couldn’t get any easier, thanks to Android applications leading the charge, helping many users achieve that perfectly sculpted body that they have always been wishing to own.

Achieving an amazing body has always been a tough challenge for many of us and hiring a professional workout trainer is just way too expensive. Luckily for us, getting physically fit will never be a problem, as there many applications that will help anyone achieve their goal in no time.

If you’re into working out with weights, strength training, or pumping iron at home or at the gym, here are some of the best fitness apps that will definitely burn that body fat [...]

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Spotify for Android gets a major makeover and ICS support

by: Bams SadewoJune 12, 2012

Spotify for Android has finally shed its beta skin. Version 0.5.0 of the music streaming app is now available to download on Google Play, bringing the long awaited compatibility with Android 4.0 devices and a complete redesign, which puts it on par with its iOS cousin.

These are the changes that you’ll find in the new Spotify release:

All-new slide-out navigation Even more social – check out friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go Artist imagery in high resolution Related artist view – available for the first time on mobile “Extreme’ sound quality setting for 320kbps listening Play queue scrobbling Crossfade/gapless playback [...]
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T4T brings full Twitter experience to Android tablets.

by: ClaytonJune 12, 2012

Using an Android tablet to browse social media can be very convenient, especially when you’d like to get a complete view of your feed. As nice as that sounds, sometimes developers don’t optimize their apps to take full advantage of all that sweet screen real estate. Pesky issue, but the developers of the T4T (Twitter for Tablet) app aim to bring you a full Twitter experience without the difficulty of navigating a mobile app.


The app utilizes the full screen of your tablet to provide scrolling timelines of Tweets. By swiping right and left, you can view all recent tweets from those you follow, as well as tweets of your own. You can quickly [...]

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Best role-playing games (RPG) for Android

by: Alvin YbañezJune 12, 2012

As kids, we had huge and vivid imaginations. We thought of having supernatural powers, or being the greatest hero that saved the day. You can relive that moment by playing role-playing games (RPG) games right on your Android device.

This type of game lets you visit a fantasy world and transforms you into anything you want to be. You can be a rich and powerful sorcerer, a brave and mighty warrior, the legendary pirate of the seven seas, or the sharp-shooting archer.

With hundreds of thousands of Android apps, you might have a hard time looking for the best RPG games for Android. Worry no more, for we have compiled a list of the best RPG games that can be played [...]

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Galaxy Note tips and tricks – what you don’t know about the phablet

by: Chris SmithJune 12, 2012

Announced at IFA 2011, the Galaxy Note quickly became one of Samsung’s Android flagship devices, and the company has been selling quite a few units in the recent months.

In case you have recently purchased the device and you’re still discovering its secrets, we’ll show you a few Galaxy Note tips and tricks, which have been conveniently posted on the company’s Facebook page a few months ago. Here’s what you should know about the Galaxy Note’s hidden features:

The keyboard can be optimized for one-handed operation S Pen gestures can launch button functions S Memo lite launches in just two taps for instant memo taking With the S Pen you [...]
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